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September 24, 2012

Retarus Reaches Out to Postini Customers

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

Retarus is offering Google/Postini (News - Alert) customers a free switchover to its managed e-mail services – following news that Google will basically shut down Postini services at the end of 2013.

Google (News - Alert) recently announced it would migrate Postini customers over to Google Apps.

“Analysts are advising anyone concerned to check out the possibility of migrating to an alternative provider,” Retarus said in a recent statement.

Retarus also stated that its managed e-mail services meet data security, data protection and legal compliance levels required by businesses. Google took over Postini services five years ago – and Retarus sees this as a chance to criticize Postini and Google Apps.

Retarus claims that Google Apps does not meet requirements on compliance and data protection. There are other challenges, too. “Companies which send and receive documents automatically by e-mail using business applications such as CRM and ERP systems also experience considerable problems,” Retarus said.

Retarus has over 3,500 customers in various sectors. These include: Allianz, Bayer, Honda (News - Alert), Sony and Adidas. Retarus is not the only company going after the Postini customer base.

Special offers for Postini customers were announced by Barracuda Networks and Proofpoint (News - Alert). Micro Enterprises and Spambrella are also interested in luring Postini customers, although Google says it will keep its Postini clients.

"We don't want to lose these customers," Adam Swidler, a senior manager with Google's Enterprise division, told IDG News.

Some 26 million end users are protected by Postini, and Google is stating that it’s Google Apps will offer users more than Postini. No contract renewals for Postini will be accepted after Oct. 31, 2012.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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